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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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Textbook Problem

Gravity is an example of a central force that acts along the line connecting two spherical masses. As a planet orbits its sun, (a) how much torque does the sun’s gravitational force exert on the planet? (b) What is the change in the planet’s orbital angular momentum?

(a)

To determine
The torque exerted by sun’s gravitational force on the planet.

Explanation

The torque is given by,

τ=r×F

  • F is the gravitational force.
  • r is the position vector

(b)

To determine
The change in planet’s orbital angular momentum.

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